Crabtree's Injury "Not An Issue"?

Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree appears on the cover of the latest ESPN The Magazine with this boastful quote:  “I could probably run a 4.4 with crutches.”
Making that manuever even more impressive is the fact that he has never run a 4.4 without crutches, and plenty of league observers believe that he couldn’t.
Seth Wickersham’s article explores in part the obsession with a player’s ability to run 120 feet in a straight line wearing a T-shirt and shorts.  Though we believe to a certain extent that it’s a farce, we also realize that the folks who will be held accountable for draft picks that are squandered need the safe haven of impressive measurables in order to make the case when the owner wants to know what $30 million of his hard-earned dollars have been given to a player who hasn’t earned $30,000 of them.
In Crabtree’s case, a back-and-forth decision-making process regarding a stress fracture in his foot eventually resulted in a decision to undergo surgery and not to run the 40-yard dash at all — not at the Scouting Combine, not at his Pro Day workout, not anywhere — before the draft.
So whoever takes him had better be damn confident that he’s going to be a great player, or damn certain of his own job security.
That said, some think that Crabtree’s injury isn’t a concern.
It’s not an issue to us,” an unnamed team exec tells Peter King of  “I view it as less worrisome than the stress fracture [Carolina running back draftee] Jonathan Stewart had last year.  Crabtree might be the best player in the draft.  He hasn’t been marked down by us because of the injury.”
Of course, without knowing the specific identity of the source — or at a minimum the team for whom the source works — it’s impossible to tell whether it’s an honest opinion, or whether perhaps the source hopes that someone picking above the source’s team pounces on Crabtree, pushing farther down the board one or more of the players whom the source’s team truly covets.

12 responses to “Crabtree's Injury "Not An Issue"?

  1. Please come to the Seahawks Crabtree! I know you’re a regular reader of profootballtalk and also realize by some stroke of luck you will also be able to control who the ‘Hawks pick. So work your magic!

  2. He goes number 8 to Jax where he can join the ever growing list of 1st round WR busts.

  3. Actually, I don’t think he’ll be a bust….I’m just raggin’ on Jacksonville.

  4. This is going to be a classic Bengals selection. Mike Brown will draft a WR and ignore the fact that his franchise QB is getting the bum’s rush from every defense they face.
    It does matter if you have Jerry Rice if your QB gets “blowed up” every time he drops back to pass.

  5. The problem isn’t the possibility of the injury lingering so much as him never answering the questions about his speed.
    Sure, you usually don’t care much about a guy’s 40 time, but I’d probably care more about receivers than most positions. For linemen, sure, they’re never running more than 10 yards unless somebody screws up. WRs? That’s called a fly pattern. So I do most certainly want to know if he’s the guy who can toast the secondary, or the guy who’s finding seams in the zone.
    I’d also be leery because he comes from a very system-oriented offense. Tech has been known for a few years now for an impressive offense that relies on a very solid system. Doesn’t mean Crabtree isn’t good, but it means that I don’t trust the game film that much. Add that to skipping the tests at the combine, and how much do I want to invest in a position known for 1st-round busts anyway?
    This situation reminds me of all the WRs and QBs who came out of UF under Spurrier, Houston in the early 90s, etc. Sure, he might be great, but since mediocre players look like stars in those systems, how do you tell? I wouldn’t look at Crabtree above 10th. Too many risks (system, position, top speed, injury).

  6. I dont think he’ll ever live up to his college numbers..i think when its all said and done its going to go britt and nicks on top and then Heyward-bey,and then maybe crabtree but probably like usual it’ll be a receiver in the latter rounds that do it big…honestly it all depends what team you go to these kids coming out of school have all the potential in the world they just need people to keep them humble and turn them into great players..say like andy reid and donovan got on desean jackson.

  7. Tr3pidation says:
    April 13th, 2009 at 9:30 am
    Please come to the Seahawks Crabtree! I know you’re a regular reader of profootballtalk and also realize by some stroke of luck you will also be able to control who the ‘Hawks pick. So work your magic!
    Yo, I like Crab to the Hawks as much as the next fan but….. We NEED to find a 8-10 year replacement for Walter Jones first and foremost!
    It does no good if Hass is getting pounded by the defense and the holes can’t open up for our RB’s.
    We NEED to draft an Offensive Lineman to PROTECT our QB for many years to come!

  8. same thing happend to Jon Stewart, he was a big bust and affected by a foot injury all season aswell…(sarcasm)

  9. Why is it no one is mentioning Michael Bennett when discussing Crabtree’s foot injury? Bennett had what’s known as a “Jones fracture” in his left foot, lost all explosiveness, and spent the rest of his career as an ineffective third stringer. This is the exact same type of fracture that Crabtree had repaired. It’s the same injury that plagued Duce Staley for years. With Crabtree’s speed already being questioned, how explosive — or unexplosive — will he be after foot surgery? I’d avoid this guy like a crazy ex-girlfriend. Sure you might get a few more nights of hot monkey lovin’ out of it, but she’s just as likely to buy a voodoo doll and drive around town looking for your car.

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